Online gamers are familiar with this: In some fast multiplayer matches, your own team is hopelessly wiped out by the opponent. Licking his wounds with his teammates, the loser asks himself: How could this happen? Maybe the other team acted better together, or maybe they just got lucky. But it could also have been the ears. What use is the best sound card if the headset can’t reproduce the high-resolution soundscape cleanly? So you remain hidden from which direction treacherous footsteps or even bullets come. And then of course there is the communication within the team. If shouts are lost in the noise of the heat of the moment, the important teamwork is doomed to failure.
This is where the gaming headset comes into play. Whether it’s a strategy game or a shooter, gamers can concentrate more easily if they don’t have to lean over to a table microphone. A high-quality gaming headset solves the problem. Good devices impress with a high sound and microphone quality, a convincing sound experience as well as a comfortable wearing comfort.
The following gaming headset comparison compares 12 current models from the trade in terms of their features, technical qualities and their compatibility with game consoles and operating systems. A subsequent guide discusses the differences between open and closed designs and presents important buying criteria. The FAQ section provides concise answers to frequently asked questions. Finally, there is information on whether Stiftung Warentest or Öko-Test have already carried out a gaming headset comparison test and, if so, how the products fared there.
4 circumaural gaming headsets in comparison
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1. 4 circumaural gaming headsets in comparison
1.1. 5th Razer Blackshark V2 Pro gaming headset with noise cancellation and wireless transmission
1.2. 6. Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset with TeamSpeak certification
1.3. what is a gaming headset?
1.4. what are the types of gaming headsets?
1.5 Important buying criteria for gaming headsets
1.6 The Right Gaming Headset for Different Players
1.7 The right headset care explained
1.8 Well-known manufacturers and brands at a glance
1.9 FAQ: Frequently asked questions about gaming headsets
1.10. Is there a gaming headset test by Stiftung Warentest?
1.11. Has Öko-Test conducted a gaming headset test?
1.13. We also had the following product in comparison
2. gaming headset list 2021: find your best gaming headset
1. Logitech G533 Gaming Headset for Lossless Audio Transmission
The Logitech G533 gaming headset is a wireless and circumaural headset with 7.1 surround sound. However, the surround sound can only be achieved when paired with a PC, according to the manufacturer. The device offers lossless sound transmission within a range of 15 meters and has a maximum battery life of 15 hours. The gaming headset features a 4 millimeter active noise-canceling microphone on a retractable mount, has an easy-access volume control and a mute button. The mesh ear pads are said to be breathable and can be easily removed for cleaning.
Included with the gaming headset is a wireless USB adapter, USB charging cable, and user manual. The headset operates in a frequency range of 100 to 20,000 hertz and is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and macOS X 10.11 or higher operating systems, according to the manufacturer. All hardware parts are covered by a 2-year warranty from Logitech. If desired, the gaming headset is available in combination with a wireless mouse or a high-quality microphone for podcast recordings for an additional charge.
- 7.1 sound
- Active noise reduction
- 40-millimetre drivers
- Ambient sound only on PC
2. swenter 0028 gaming headset with LEDs
The Swenter 0028 gaming headset is a wired over-ear headset with an integrated microphone with active noise cancellation. It is said to be ideally adjustable in angle to suit the user. According to the manufacturer, the model is suitable for the PC as well as for all popular consoles such as the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One or the Nintendo 3DS. For the overlying ear pads, the Swenter company uses a skin-friendly leather material that is supposed to fit comfortably even when worn for long periods of time.
Connecting the headset to PCs or consoles works via the included 3.5-millimeter audio cable. A USB port is also present, but according to the manufacturer, it’s only for LEDs. The headband of the headphones is said to be stretchable and adaptable to the wearer’s needs. The model operates in a frequency range of 20 to 20,000 hertz. According to the manufacturer, an adapter is necessary if gamers have two different jacks for the microphone and earphones, in all other cases the jack cable is sufficient.
- Volume control at the touch of a finger
- Stretchable headband
- Active noise reduction
- Not suitable for PlayStation 3
3. pacrate H-11 gaming headset with 50-millimeter drivers
The Pacrate H-11 gaming headset is a wired stereo headset with a closed-back design. The headset’s jacketed cable includes a volume control and a mute function for the built-in microphone with active noise cancellation. The very softly designed over-ear pads are said to offer the benefit of further noise isolation and are made of faux leather. Additionally, LEDs are built into both ear cups for an attractive design. Compatible, the gaming headset works with a wide range of gaming consoles, PCs, laptops and tablets.
The audio cable has a length of 2.1 meters. For all-around great sound, the built-in 50-millimeter drivers are said to provide a vibrant sound field, especially when playing games. The gaming headset also has a USB port for the LED lights and operates in a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 hertz. According to the manufacturer, the model requires a working current of under 50 milliamps and is available in black-green, red and blue color designs. A user manual is included.
- Sheathed cable
- Available in a variety of colors
- Active noise reduction
- No noticeable drawbacks
4th Teufel CAGE gaming headset with 40-millimetre linear HD drivers
The Teufel CAGE gaming headset includes headphones with a USB sound card. A 40-millimeter linear HD driver ensures good music reproduction, as we were able to test ourselves. Teufel relies on lightweight neodymium magnets for this. Likewise, the wide frequency range ensures very deep basses and detailed, fine highs for loud and quiet signals.
With the Mixed Audio Play function, gamers can listen to music from their smartphone while playing on the console. The gaming headphones’ internal mixer blends the two signals together. If the game allows it, there is a virtual surround sound. Individual sound settings can be made via hardware buttons and the headset function for the smartphone. In addition to the sound qualities of the gaming headset developed in Berlin by Teufel acousticians, the wearing comfort is also pleasant.
The gaming headset can be connected directly to the computer or console via USB or a standard 3.5 millimetre jack plug. According to the manufacturer, connecting via USB results in lossless and low-noise audio playback, which is usually better than via the onboard chip. This was confirmed in our test. Sound settings can be made in the software when connected to the PC, for example to render the sound more bass-heavy.
Compared to the predecessor, which we were also able to test, Teufel has revised the new Cage headset and made some improvements:
- The microphone is now positioned further down so as not to restrict the field of vision.
- Improved speech intelligibility for the other party thanks to a new microphone capsule with a directional characteristic
- New button layout that is even easier to use
- Decoupling of the connectors to avoid cable noise
- A new multifunction button that the user can assign different functions to
After our test, we can confirm that Teufel has tightened the right screws and the new Cage gaming headset comes in a much improved form.
- USB sound card included
- Virtual surround sound possible
- Significant improvements over its predecessor
- A total of 4.5 meters of cable
- No noticeable disadvantages
5th Razer Blackshark V2 Pro gaming headset with noise reduction and wireless transmission
The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro gaming headset is a high-end device with features and characteristics to match. The 50-millimeter drivers are equipped with titanium-coated diaphragms, which the manufacturer claims will provide even more clarity to the sound. The driver is divided into three parts for individual tuning of highs, mids, and lows, which should result in brilliant, clear sound. Razer guarantees full highs and rich bass with this gaming headset.
The 9.9-millimeter cardioid microphone suppresses noise from the back and sides. It can therefore isolate speech even better and reproduce the voice authentically. The included Razer Synapse software offers further settings in this regard. The noise cancellation of the headphones themselves is passive. Razer achieves the effect that annoying noises cannot even reach the gamer’s ear with the closed ear cups.
The particularly soft padding of the headphones ensures that there is as little skin contact as possible due to the breathable fabric. The heat cannot accumulate and the player sweats less. So that the headset presses less on the head, the foam under the synthetic leather is strongly compressed.
- Wireless technology
- Less skin contact, less sweating
- Many setting options through software
- No connection via Bluetooth possible
6. Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset with TeamSpeak certificate
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset has a sturdy aluminum frame and, according to the manufacturer, offers a high level of comfort thanks to the memory foam on the headband and leatherette ear pads. Gamers can expect virtual surround sound that is hardware controlled, according to the manufacturer. Due to the closed headphone design, buyers benefit from passive noise elimination, which is important for ambitious gamers. The wired headset has a detachable microphone with active noise cancellation and built-in microphone monitoring.
For the necessary compatibility of the gaming headset, there is a USB port that is suitable for PCs and Macs, as well as a classic plug for using a PlayStation or Xbox via the jack. The headset’s drivers with neodymium magnets have a diameter of 53 millimeters. The headphones operate in a frequency range of 15 to 25,000 Hertz and have a distortion factor below 2 percent. The microphone has a nominal resistance of 2.2 kiloohms and operates in a frequency range of 50 to 18,000 hertz.
- High wearing comfort due to memory foam
- Hardware controlled surround sound
- Detachable microphone
- Certified by TeamSpeak
- Long cable only via extension
7. DIZA100 K10 Gaming Headset with Over-Ear Design
The DIZA100 K10 gaming headset is suitable for gaming consoles such as the PS4, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS LL/3DS and Xbox One, as well as the PC and all other gaming devices with a 3.5 millimeter jack.
The headphones are made of faux leather and are circumaural. They have active noise cancellation and feature a colorful RGB LED gradient light. The over-ear design is said to offer a snug fit and the soft memory foam is said to ensure that the headphones can be worn for extended periods of time without any problems. The microphone also has noise cancellation and it is flexibly adjustable. A mute button can be used to turn it on and off, and the volume can be adjusted with a dial. When not in use, the microphone can be stored inside the headphones.
- Mute button
- Adapter for Xbox-One necessary, but not included
8. Sades SA810 Gaming Headset with Active Noise Cancellation
The Sades SA810 gaming headset consists of a wired over-ear headset with an integrated microphone with active noise cancellation. The microphone has dimensions of 6.0 × 5.0 millimeters and a sensitivity of -54 decibels. Equipped with 40-millimeter drivers with neodymium magnets, the gaming headset is said to increase the sensitivity of the speaker unit. The headphones operate in a frequency range of 20 to 20,000 Hertz and have protein ear cushions for a comfortable fit and a multi-point pressure headband, each of which is meant to hug the wearer’s body.
The gaming headset is compatible with PCs, laptops, numerous gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, as well as tablets and other mobile devices. An older version of Xbox controllers will require a Microsoft adapter, according to Sades. The headphones have an impedance of 32 ohms and a sensitivity of 113 decibels at one kilohertz. The headset weighs 540 grams and measures 21.6 centimeters long x 20.3 centimeters wide x 9.9 centimeters deep.
- Braided cable with high tensile strength
- Available in multiple color designs
- Mute button and volume control on cable
9 Logitech G 432 Gaming Headset for PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PS4 with High-Quality Surround Sound
The Logitech G 432 gaming headset features high-quality 7.1 surround sound, according to the manufacturer, and works in combination with a PC, Mac, or gaming consoles like the PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch. The headphones are a wired over-ear model with 50-millimeter speakers for a sophisticated sound. The 6-millimeter boom microphone has a built-in mute button and operates in a frequency range of 100 to 20,000 hertz. It has a cardioid pickup pattern, but no active noise cancellation, according to the manufacturer.
The Logitech company puts a lot of emphasis on a foldable design of the microphone to easily carry the gaming headset in a bag. The mute function is activated by folding the microphone away, and the volume control also sits in the mic. The headphones have an impedance of 39 ohms and a sensitivity of 107 decibels. The manufacturer provides a 2-year warranty on all hardware parts.
- 7.1 surround sound
- Mute function by folding away the microphone
- No active noise reduction
10. Klim Mantis k51 gaming headset with 7.1 surround sound
The Klim Mantis k51 gaming headset is a wired over-ear model that the manufacturer claims is suitable for gaming, watching movies and listening to music. It features an integrated microphone with active noise cancellation. The gaming headset is compatible with the PlayStation 4, but due to software limitations, the built-in 7.1 surround sound and volume control on the headset are said to be unavailable for the Playstation. The model is not compatible with the Xbox One. According to the manufacturer, the mentioned surround sound provides a unique gaming experience, especially in so-called shooter games.
The manufacturer provides a warranty of 2 years on all electronic components. The gaming headset has a USB socket for the integrated LEDs, which create a red backlight. It is an open-back headset, but without built-in vibrations. Included is a 3.5-millimeter audio cable with a length of 3 meters. The microphone is rigid and rotatable, according to the manufacturer.
- Surround sound
- 3 meter long cable
- Rigid microphone
- Rigid headband
- Not compatible with Xbox One
11. Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Pro Gaming Headset with RGB Lighting
The Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Pro Gaming Headset is a wired over-ear model that is also available as a wireless option upon request. It delivers Dolby 7.1 surround sound thanks to built-in Pro-G speakers and offers cross-platform compatibility with gaming consoles, computers and mobile devices, according to the manufacturer. The model operates in a frequency range between 100 and 20,000 hertz and has a built-in boom mic with active noise cancellation. A matching cable and a second microphone on the cable are included.
The LEDs can be adjusted via the G buttons. An LED indicator on the headband tells you if the microphone is muted or active. The mesh material of the ear cushions and headband is said to be soft and breathable. Audio settings are said to be customizable and personal sound profiles can be created if desired. The headphones have an impedance of 39 ohms and a sensitivity of 107 decibels.
- 7.1 surround sound
- Functional RGB lighting
- Custom sound profiles
- Smaller drivers than other Logitech models
12 Epos I Sennheiser GSP 600 Gaming Headset with Passive Noise Cancellation
The Epos I Sennheiser GSP 600 gaming headset is a professional headset for gamers with a closed over-ear design that was developed in Germany, according to the manufacturer. Ergonomic ear cushions and a sophisticated hinge system are said to provide good passive noise attenuation. Contact pressure adjustments on the headband are said to allow for an optimal fit for any head size. This is a wired model that comes with a robust microphone. The mic can be muted by folding in the mic boom.
According to the manufacturer, the headset is compatible with PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch consoles and is suitable for macOS and Windows operating systems. An integrated volume control on the right ear cup allows for on-the-fly adjustments while gaming. The ear pads and cover plates are replaceable and available as spares in the Epos store. For connectivity, included accessories include a 2.5-meter PC cable, a 1.5-meter console cable, a 2 × 3.5-millimeter three-pin connector plug, and a four-pin 3.5-millimeter jack plug.
- Mute function by folding in the microphone
- Exchangeable ear pads and cover plates
- Separate cable for consoles
- Without separate USB sound card
What is a gaming headset?
A gaming headset combines headphones and microphone in a single, compact housing. These devices are adapted to the requirements of the computer gaming world. They offer precise voice pickup and often high-quality stereo sound or surround sound. These are the most important features of a gaming headset:
- Maximum comfort, even when worn for long periods of 4 hours or more.
- Adjustable microphone position
- Sturdy cable that survives contact with desk chair casters
- Good shielding to the outside for pure gaming sound
- Lightest possible weight
For sound reproduction, each gaming headset has a magnet, coil and diaphragm. By using low-frequency alternating current, the coil is constantly repelled and attracted by the magnet. The coil, in turn, is in direct communication with the diaphragm, which is set in motion. The movement creates vibrations in the form of sound.
Not every conventional headset is capable of reproducing true stereo sound. However, this is an important feature of gaming headsets in order to be able to anticipate the direction of approaching opponents in computer games and react accordingly. For voice recording and transmission, each headset is equipped with an integrated microphone. It records the movements of the spoken words and converts them into digital information. They are transmitted via the Internet to the computer of the conversation partner, where they are converted again and output as audible vibrations.
The origins of headphones, which are the origins of the headset, can be traced back to the late 19th century. Who the originator of the first portable headphones is is not exactly known. However, the period in which the first models were created is certain: the first patent for an electrodynamic sound transducer was granted in 1878. This year is considered the birth of the loudspeaker. Since headphones were based on a similar principle at the time, they were little more than normal loudspeakers that people held to one side of their ears. They had a low output volume due to the lack of good amplifiers.
The pioneer of headphones in many places is considered to be the US American Nathaniel Baldwin, who connected two mono speakers to a headband. The designs, colloquially known as “Baldy Phones”, were initially intended for military use and soon ensured full order books. These forerunners of today’s headphones were insufficiently insulated and gave the wearer electric shocks if used incorrectly. The first advances in wearing comfort and design were made by the Berlin company Beyerdynamic in the 1930s. The Beyerdynamic models were already similar in shape to today’s headphones.
In 1979, Sony launched the Walkman, the first portable cassette player in mini format. Unlike the popular, bulky boomboxes of the 1970s, Sony’s small models could be carried in a jacket pocket and made listening to music with headphones on the go socially acceptable. The Walkmans paved the way for a host of other developments, including the Ear-Buds – precursors to in-ear headphones. They were introduced as early as 1983, but had to wait a few more years for their breakthrough. The latest milestone in the development of headphones is noise-cancelling technology, which was launched by the manufacturer Bose at the turn of the millennium.
In recent years, the market for wired models has evolved towards headsets without wires. The connection is no longer made via cables that are constantly hanging around in the way, but primarily via Bluetooth – a wireless technology that allows data to be exchanged over short distances between two devices.
Gaming headsets are usually characterized by very high sound quality/sound quality and microphone quality. In competitive computer games, a good stereo headset can quickly give you the edge over competitors with regular computer headsets. Most gaming headsets are plug-and-play. This means they can be used immediately without having to install special drivers on the PC first. The only real drawback to gaming headsets is their lack of compatibility in some cases. Many models are only compatible with Windows, while users of Android smartphones or gaming consoles are often left out in the cold.
- High sound and microphone quality
- Bring a decisive advantage in gaming
- Partially limited compatibility
- More expensive than normal headsets
There are now more and more wireless gaming headsets on the market. Wireless models have their own advantages and disadvantages:
- No annoying cables
- No cable breaks
- Great freedom of movement and flexibility
- Usage time depends on the battery
- Connection interruptions possible
- Range often limited to 10 meters
What types of gaming headsets are there?
Not all gaming headsets are the same. Most models on the market fall into three categories:
- Over-ear gaming headsets: over-ear headsets completely enclose the wearer’s ears. This leads to an even distribution of pressure and a pleasant wearing comfort. However, they usually do not offer good noise isolation and are comparatively large, which is why they are not so well suited for mobile use.
- On-ear gaming headsets: On-ear headsets rest directly on the ears of the wearer. They offer a tight fit due to the high contact pressure and provide excellent isolation from ambient noise. However, the high pressure on the ears is also perceived as uncomfortable by many gamers.
Bluetooth Gaming Headsets:
Bluetooth headsets are a subcategory that are available in both on-ear and over-ear varieties. These devices feature Bluetooth technology, which allows for wireless use. Unlike wireless headsets, there is no USB slot occupied when using a Bluetooth headset. They offer the advantages and disadvantages of the wireless models already mentioned above.
In addition to the types already explained, headsets also differ within their categories based on their construction. The most common construction types include:
- Closed gaming headsets: Closed headsets impress not only with very intense bass, but also with a high level of noise cancellation. The complete isolation from ambient noise allows gamers to immerse themselves optimally in the world of their computer games. However, when using such headphones, it is possible to overhear important noises from the outside world. Therefore, closed headsets and headphones are not recommended in road traffic.
- Open gaming headsets: Open headsets do not isolate the ears from noise and allow for a natural and spacious sound image. However, the audio quality can be affected by ambient noise under certain circumstances. This is partly a disadvantage, but on the other hand often an advantage, since for example the ringing of the phone or an approaching car is not overheard. Open headsets are usually over-ear models.
- Semi-open gaming headsets: If you’re not sure whether to go with a closed or open gaming headset, you can strike a middle ground with a semi-open headset. These models offer a compromise between noise isolation and natural surround sound.
Important buying criteria for gaming headsets
- Wearing comfort: Three things are important for a headset to be comfortable to wear – it should be as light as possible, the right type of construction and suitable padding. In addition, the type of microphone attachment is relevant. While some gaming headsets rely on rigid microphone arms, others offer a flexible and adjustable gooseneck mount. It can be positioned freely, similar to the principle of a lamp stand. Regarding the ear pads and the headband, it is difficult to make general statements, since the wearing comfort is very subjective.
- Connection options: The common connection types of gaming headsets are either USB or a 3.5-millimeter jack. Both connection types have their advantages: USB has less potential noise, and only one plug is needed. On the other hand, the built-in sound chip is almost always inferior to that of a dedicated sound card. So if you have a high-quality sound card in your computer, you should choose the jack connection. There is potentially more interference with the jack, but the direct connection to the internal sound chip means that the gamer does not have to rely on the sound quality of a headset’s own sound processor.
- Features: mid-range and high-end units in particular often have special technologies like virtual surround sound or active noise cancellation, also known as active noise cancelling, for better sound. Also useful are built-in controls, usually located on the ear cups or cable of the gaming headset. They can be used to adjust the volume and mute the microphone.
- The frequency range: The frequency range of the gaming headset indicates the bandwidth with which the speakers can reproduce frequencies. The frequency range that can be perceived by the human ear is between 20 and 20,000 Hertz. For solid sound quality, a headset must operate in at least a frequency range between 50 and 10,000 hertz. However, the higher the range, the better the sound.
- Surround sound: Good gaming headsets ensure 7.1 surround sound and thus provide a real cinema feeling. Especially in first-person shooters, the sound represents a massive improvement in the overall game quality. If gamers care about such a real-sounding backdrop, they should make sure that the selected gaming headset supports surround sound.
- Noise Cancellation: Active noise cancellation can have a massive impact on game sound. If the speakers have good noise cancellation, gamers can immerse themselves directly in the game world and benefit from deep bass. They are often also much more likely to recognize enemies due to the better soundscape. But not only the speakers of the gaming headsets are equipped with such a function, but also the microphones. The signals are filtered accordingly during signal transmission, for which a dedicated software is responsible.
- Sensitivity: How loud a headset really is is indicated with the sensitivity in the unit dB SPL/mW. This means how much sound pressure the headphones produce at a power of one milliwatt. The specification can be used to compare the speakers of different headphones and headsets. An increase of 10 decibels is always perceived as twice as loud.
- Driver Size: The drivers of a headset are the speakers inside the device that convert the electrical signal into sound. Without a driver, there would be nothing to hear. The larger the driver and diaphragm area, the easier and louder the headset can reproduce low frequencies, or bass. On the other hand, diaphragms become more sluggish the larger they are. Due to the higher mass, transient reproduction can suffer. That’s why it’s hard to make a general statement: a large driver is better than a small driver. The quality of a driver also depends on the design and the diaphragm material.
- Impedance: The impedance in the unit Ohm stands for the resistance of the headphone or headset and tells how easily the headset can be driven by an amplifier. A low impedance headset will achieve the same volume with less voltage as a high impedance headset. For personal use, gamers and musicians can remember: The more ohms a headphone has, the higher the maximum voltage the amplifier will output.
The right gaming headset for different players
The price spectrum of gaming headsets ranges from models starting at 20 euros to models with prices of up to 300 euros. The expensive gaming headsets are primarily intended for real professional gamers. Here is an overview that gamers can use to guide them in choosing the gaming headsets that are right for them.
- Gaming headsets for casual gamers: For budget gamers and gamers who rarely reach for the controller, inexpensive gaming headsets are recommended, which are already available in the price segment of around 30 euros. The designs offer a good sound, but have clear shortcomings in terms of wearing comfort and general build quality.
- Gaming headsets for frequent gamers: If you game regularly and several times a week, you should budget a little more money for a good gaming headset. We recommend models starting at 50 euros, which already provide a strong sound image and offer noise cancellation. However, frequent gamers can also spend up to 100 Euros for solidly manufactured gaming headsets.
- Gaming headsets for gamers who want to be flexible: For gamers who want to gamble without a cable, only wireless gaming headsets are suitable. These designs are more expensive, but buyers can expect good surround sound. Most models work with the Bluetooth wireless standard, so that a secure connection with a good range is guaranteed.
- Gaming headsets for professional gamers: For real professional gamers, the special product series from the manufacturers Logitech and Beyerdynamic are the best choice. However, at least 150 euros should be budgeted for this. For this, you get a gaming headset that features hi-fi sound and ensures good wearing comfort for several hours of gaming.
Proper headset care explained
Generally, gaming headsets can be used for years without compromising on sound quality, microphone quality or wearing comfort. However, this does not apply to the pads, which can quickly become unsightly due to sweat and skin deposits. Gamers should therefore clean them at regular intervals. With high-quality gaming headsets, the pads can usually be removed and cleaned in the washing machine. Detailed information can be found in the user manual of the headset.
If the pads cannot be removed, gamers will have to find another solution, for example with a toothbrush or a rough cloth. For light discoloration, it may be sufficient to scrub the pads with a little water. For stubborn stains, small amounts of upholstery cleaner should suffice.
Overview of known manufacturers and brands
There are several headset manufacturers that are very popular among gamers. These include, for example, the German companies Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser and Teufel:
- Beyerdynamic: The German company Beyerdynamic was founded in 1924 in Berlin and is one of the pioneers in the field of audio technology. Today, the company is headquartered in Heilbronn, Germany, has a subsidiary in the U.S. and offices in India and Singapore. According to its own statement, Beyerdynamic employs almost 400 people and generates a turnover of about 62 million euros per year.
- Logitech: The Swiss company Logitech was founded in 1981 and is considered one of the market leaders for computer accessories. Logitech’s product range includes mice, keyboards, speakers and gaming headsets. The company’s main operational headquarters are located in Newark, USA. A well-known subsidiary of Logitech is the Ultimate Ears brand, UE for short.
- Sennheiser: The company Sennheiser was founded in 1945 in Germany by Fritz Sennheiser. The Sennheiser product range still includes a wide range of loudspeakers, headphones, headsets and microphones. The Sennheiser Group also includes the studio microphone manufacturer Georg Neumann GmbH. According to the company itself, it employs more than 2,700 people and generates annual sales of over 700 million euros.
- Teufel: Lautsprecher Teufel is a German manufacturer of audio products such as speakers, headphones, headsets and home cinema systems. The company was founded in 1979 in Berlin and employs over 300 people. The products are available from the manufacturer exclusively through direct sales in its own stores and in selected online shops.
In addition, there are a number of other good manufacturers, brands and models such as Razer, Corsair or STEELSERIES Arctis.
FAQ: Frequently asked questions about gaming headsets
Here come compact answers to questions that gamers and streamers ask again and again regarding headsets and their related components:
It is difficult to give a blanket answer to the question as it depends on the requirements of the gamer for the headset. A professional gamer is looking for a high quality device with perfect noise cancellation, while a gamer who wears glasses and is a hobbyist is more likely to look for a comfortable and inexpensive device and is less concerned with the technical aspects. That is why it is important to be clear about your requirements before buying a gaming headset.
A gaming headset can be purchased by ambitious gamers and hobby gamers either at a local electronics store or online. Buying through an online retailer has many advantages: The retailer has a large selection of products that can be compared at a glance. In addition, there is access to numerous customer reviews, and the entire purchase can be done at any time of the day or night from the comfort of your sofa at home. However, personal advice from trained specialists is only available in local stores.
As someone who wears glasses, the search for a suitable gaming headset is often difficult. The combination of headset and glasses can lead to painful pressure points in the area of the temples. Due to their low contact pressure, open headsets are the best choice. Those who do not feel comfortable even with such models can only resort to the alternative in-ear headset.
There does not always have to be a defect in the device if the microphone of the headset does not work. Before gamers contact the manufacturer’s customer service, the following causes should be ruled out:
- Is the microphone mute function possibly active?
- The microphone jack must be properly connected to the computer.
- The microphone input on the PC must be configured correctly.
- There is often difficulty connecting to the AUX ports on the front of the computer because it is programmable to incoming signals from the rear ports.
- Clarity is provided by microphone tests using simple recording programs without many bells and whistles that come pre-installed on Windows computers. If the microphone works without problems, the cause might be an incorrect configuration of the respective program – i.e. in the game itself or in the voice chat program.
The distortion factor is a value relevant for speakers and headphones. It indicates how much incoming signals are distorted before they are played back. A low distortion factor is therefore an indication of good sound quality.
The sound pressure level indicates the maximum volume of a gaming headset. The higher the value, the higher the expected volume. However, a high characteristic sound pressure level does not indicate the sound quality of the device.
No, not directly. A gold-plated jack plug is only responsible for preventing wear in the area of the contacts. It does not improve the sound quality, but it ensures that it remains at the same level in the long term. The golden jack plug is therefore not just a matter of taste.
Is there a gaming headset test by Stiftung Warentest?
Many consumers attach great importance to the opinion of Stiftung Warentest. At the current time, there is no gaming headset test of the renowned consumer magazine. For gamers, however, a Bluetooth headset test by Stiftung Warentest could be interesting. In the constantly expanded test, the experts of Stiftung Warentest last took a total of 32 more models under the microscope in October 2021. The entire test, which gamers can access for a small fee here, now includes 214 headphones.
Has Öko-Test conducted a gaming headset test?
No, the well-known consumer magazine Öko-Test does not carry a gaming headset test on its website at this time. Öko-Test also does not provide any results for similar keywords such as headphones, headset and co.
In contrast to Stiftung Warentest and Öko Test, several magazines specializing in gaming have already published test reports on the best headsets. For example, PC Games Hardware. In the test, the Logitech Pro Gaming Headset scored well. The same applies to the Sharkoon Skiller SGH2 gaming headset and the Creative Sound Blaster X H7 in the Tournament Edition.
Chip magazine, on the other hand, awarded the Teufel Cage headset for gamers. The same goes for the Corsair Void RGB Wireless model, which can be operated wirelessly. Basically, the Chip.de editors note that there are no major flaws in terms of general sound quality in any of the gaming headsets tested. The same applies to the voice quality, which is ensured by the microphone of the headsets.
- Which is the best gaming headset?
- Where can I buy gaming headsets?
- How do people who wear glasses find a suitable model?
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